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The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders both past and present.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that this website contains images of deceased persons.

COVID-19 Safe Plan

School Visits 2021

We welcome school visitors during 2021, but as you can imagine, the experience will be a little different than in the past. Group sizes and access to the exhibition spaces will be limited to keep all our visitors and staff safe.

The following information includes risk assessment and mitigation strategies specifically for school visits from 27 January to 17 December 2021. Please read it and the Risk Assessment for groups of students.

The environment

  • We have COVID-19 FAQs, which explain our conditions of entry and have been developed in line with the ACT Government’s Canberra’s Recovery Plan: Easing of Restrictions.
  • Students 17 year of age and over and all accompanying adults will need to check in with the Check in CBR App.
  • Student numbers are limited to 60 per session:
    • Max 15 per group for year 2 or above.
    • Max 10 per group for those in Preschool, Foundation or Year 1.
    • Each group must have a teacher accompanying them.
  • The maximum time you can spend in the Gallery is one hour.
  • Groups must be booked in and be guided by our staff. At the moment we can’t host self-guiding groups.
  • We have hand sanitiser available, which groups must use at the beginning and end of their tours.
  • COVID-19 safe signage is prominently displayed. Keep an eye out for it.
  • We have a frequent cleaning regime of surfaces and spaces, and all resources used within a program are cleaned after each group.
  • Our Access & Learning educators will:
    • meet school groups outside in the Gallery forecourt, where they’ll ask if any teacher, student or other visitor in the group is unwell. If anyone is, they cannot enter the building.
    • maintain their distance from students and remind students to maintain the appropriate distance from them.
    • guide school groups so that they’re kept separate from the general public and any other school groups as much as possible.
  • If contact tracing is needed, schools will be contacted using the details from their booking.

The programs

  • Engaging 60-minute, curriculum-linked programs run by our Access & Learning educators.
  • We have free virtual excursions as an alternative to onsite visits.
  • Self-guiding groups will not have access in 2021.

Our staff

  • Our Access & Learning educators and Information Desk staff are trained in safe space management and visitor access.

Related information

The National Portrait Gallery building front entrance
The National Portrait Gallery building front entrance
The National Portrait Gallery building front entrance
The National Portrait Gallery building front entrance

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The National Portrait Gallery building at night
The National Portrait Gallery building at night
The National Portrait Gallery building at night
The National Portrait Gallery building at night

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© National Portrait Gallery 2021
King Edward Terrace, Parkes
Canberra, ACT 2600, Australia

Phone +61 2 6102 7000
Fax +61 2 6102 7001
ABN: 54 74 277 1196

The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders past and present. We respectfully advise that this site includes works by, images of, names of, voices of and references to deceased people.

This website comprises and contains copyrighted materials and works. Copyright in all materials and/or works comprising or contained within this website remains with the National Portrait Gallery and other copyright owners as specified.

The National Portrait Gallery respects the artistic and intellectual property rights of others. The use of images of works of art reproduced on this website and all other content may be restricted under the Australian Copyright Act 1968 (Cth). Requests for a reproduction of a work of art or other content can be made through a Reproduction request. For further information please contact NPG Copyright.

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